March 28, 2017
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.
PM with AM Joy
MSNBC's Joy Reid, host of AM Joy , delivers this year's Senator Wynona Lipman Lecture, Truth and Consequences: What We Know and Why it Matters. The program is Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 pm in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, New Brunswick. It's free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.   
Ready to Run® is Big News
               Photo by Melina Mara, The Washington Post.
CAWP's Ready to Run® program this month attracted not only record attendance, but also national media attention. Reporter Vanessa Williams and photographer Melina Mara showcased the program in The Washington Post , highlighting New Jersey women getting ready to run for the first time. And in The New York Times , reporter Nick Corasaniti featured not only Garden State women ready to run, but also partners from Connecticut and Utah who observed the program in preparation for their own versions built on the CAWP model.
But What About Your Family? 
It's a common question posed to female - but rarely male - candidates: if you're [fill in office here], who will take care of your family? The Barbara Lee Family Foundation has research-based recommendations for responding in a new report, Modern Family: How Women Candidates Can Talk About Politics, Parenting, and Their Personal Lives. Read the research memo  and watch a webinar where the research was discussed.
Where Are the Women of Color?
Noting that an increase in the number of women of color to record levels was the chief bright spot in 2016 congressional elections, CAWP looked at the proportions of women of color among women in state legislatures, an important source of congressional candidates. Hawaii leads the way, while North Dakota, Nebraska and South Dakota have no women of color at all in their legislatures. The release  includes state-by-state details.
What's It Like to Be President?
Georgia State Representative Debra Bazemore. 
Kids are finding out as elected women read this year's Teach a Girl to Lead TM book, If I Were President , in classrooms around the country. For the second year, Teach a Girl to Lead
 reached out to every woman state legislator, member of Congress and governor across 50 states and asked them to visit a local elementary school, read the provided book, and then donate it to the school library. It's happening, and you can see the results on Facebook.     
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Elle  continues its series of profiles of women who have won recent elections, this time highlighting Colorado State Rep. Leslie Herod. And USA Today  presents an interview with Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, the first woman and first African-American to represent Delaware on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, Cosmopolitan  talks to 20-something Republican women about Donald Trump, women, and the GOP.
By Mistake, or On Purpose?
Who would publish images offensive to women on purpose? In The New York Times , contributing op-ed writer Jill Filipovic contends that a widely circulated all-male photo of the President, Vice President and the Congressional Freedom Caucus was tweeted intentionally as a signal to the far right. And The Huffington Post  shares a cover shot from the Daily Mail that features the legs of the women who lead the U.K. and Scotland. But there might be an explanation; as reported by CNN , Rep. Mark Sanford opines that "testosterone can get you in trouble."
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